Independent review of the 'water trigger' legislation

Closed 5 Feb 2016

Opened 30 Nov 2015


The Australian Government Minister for the Environment is seeking your views on the appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness of the 'water trigger' legislation.

For more information on the legislation and the review, as well as to view a copy of the Issues Paper that has been prepared to assist interested persons in making a submission, please visit the Department of the Environment website at:

If you would like more information or would like to speak with someone about the review, please email:


Why We Are Consulting

The EPBC Amendment Act 2013 (section 25) otherwise known as the 'water trigger' legislation requires an independent review to be undertaken of the operation of the legislation.

The review is seeking input on whether the 'water trigger' legislation has been appropriate, effective and efficient in protecting water resources from the impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments.

The review will also fulfil an Office of Best Practice Regulation requirement for a Post Implementation Review, which is required when a Regulation Impact Statement is not prepared at the time the legislation is introduced.

If you would like to upload a pre-prepared submission, you will have this opportunity on page 1 of the survey. We strongly encourage you to answer the questions in the survey to help assist us in providing a thorough analysis of the issues.



What Happens Next

Sumissions received will be used to inform an independent reviewer in developing a post-implementation review to fulfil the EPBC Act, Amendment Act 2013 (section 25) and the Office of Best Practice regulation requirements.



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